Phoenix Collegiate

Fashion & Textiles


Why should you choose Fashion and Textiles?

If you enjoy being creative, want to increase your practical skills and improve your analytical,

communication and research abilities, Fashion and Textiles is a great choice.

The skills you gain make it a great compliment to other subjects. Fashion and Textiles is a way of seeing things and making sense of the world around you. It can help you with further study and prepare you for the world of work.


Career Options

Fashion and Textiles opens the door to lots of exciting careers try these for starters: • Fashion design • Graphic design • Theatre designer • Animator • Video game designer • Illustrator • Museum curator • Photographer • Architecture • Product design • Textiles design • Ceramics • Advertising • Publishing • Interior design • Fashion and media journalism • Hair and make-up design • Retail design • Exhibition design • Jewellery design • Artist • Visual media • Teaching new technologies are creating a whole new range of courses where art is being used in innovative ways.

What else could you get out of Fashion and Textiles?

You can continue your Fashion and Textiles interest through  art and design studies at A-level. You’ll also be able to choose areas of study to specialise in within a particular title. If you don’t want to take your art and design studies any further, the transferable skills you gain will still be valuable. You’ll develop problem solving, creative thinking, investigation, research, communication and teamwork skills, and gain the ability to develop, refine and present ideas. Employers and universities regard all of these highly. Alongside improving your practical expertise, you’ll learn how to:• develop, refine and record your ideas • present a personal response that realises your intentions • improve your creative skills through the effective and safe use of media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies • successfully use visual language and the formal elements eg: colour, line, form, shape, tone, texture • use drawing skills for different needs and purposes.

How is the course assessed?

GCSE Fashion & Textiles offers an inspiring programme of study, which will challenge students to refine and develop practical textile skills, understanding properties of materials and creative thinking. Students will have 3 lessons per week over the duration of the three years and the course is made up of 60% coursework and 40% final exam. Students are assessed throughout the course to support and guide their development. They will receive a mixture of group critiques and individual tutorials/feedback. Students will be marked according to formal GCSE grades, Students will cover different projects per year, which will include a combination of research, recording/drawing, artist study, development and final pieces. The projects enable students to work within the parameters of a given topic and set of criteria but also to develop an individual style and/or direction. The main specialist techniques students will learn include Printed Textiles, Mixed Media, Expressive Stitch and Fashion design.

Attitudes to Learning

GCSE Fashion and Textiles is suited to students who have an interest and/or skill which they would like to develop. Students who wish to pursue this course will be required to be organised, creative, supportive, enthusiastic, have excellent time management skills, work well as team, work well independently and communicate effectively.

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